Try to get the landlord to follow the Human Rights Code

A landlord won't rent to me and I think it's because of discrimination. What can I do?
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Try to get the landlord to follow the Human Rights Code

In some situations you may be able to convince the landlord to follow the Human Rights Code. You can try to explain the law to them. Or you can get someone else to help you deal with them.

If you still want to rent the place, you should take action quickly, preferably before they rent it to someone else.

Try showing the landlord information about the Human Rights Code. The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has information written for landlords. The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) has many publications that explain the law about different types of discrimination in housing.

It might help to get someone to talk to the landlord on your behalf. Contact CERA or the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC).

Keep copies of your rental application and any communication you have with the landlord. Make notes about your conversations with the landlord and anything else that happens. Ask a friend or someone else to go with you when you meet or speak with the landlord. That person can be a witness to what happened or what was said.

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Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Reviewed: August 1, 2016

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